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Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett will continue to run the rule over Dutch striker Thomas Verheydt

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 17, 2014

STRIKING FORCE ... Dutch forward Thomas Verheydt

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THOMAS Verheydt will have another chance to impress for Burton Albion this week, with Gary Rowett keen to have a good long look at the big Dutch striker.

Verheydt played the second 45 minutes of the Brewers' 1-0 defeat to Ilkeston in Tuesday night's inaugural pre-season friendly, showing potential and promise rather than already-honed talent.

The 22-year-old trialist is tall and muscular and has shown in his native Holland he has an eye for goal.

The former Feyenoord youth-teamer, who looked good on the ball at the New Manor Ground and linked up play nicely on occasion, will stay with Burton this week and feature against Sheffield United in Saturday's Bass Charity Vase.

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"Out of the trialists, Thomas is the main one we've got in to have a look at," said Rowett.

"We'll have another look throughout the week, and then on Saturday, and make an assessment from there.

"He's a big, powerful boy and if he was a bit fitter and a bit more up to speed with what the other players were doing and how we want to play, then maybe we'd see a different player.

"But technically, with balls into his feet, he linked quite well and he had a chance with his head which he perhaps should have done better with.

"But I think he's got a little bit of everything, so I was quite pleased with him."

Verheydt, most recently of Dutch Topklasse (third division) amateur side VV IJsselmeervogels (sic), had only had one training session with Burton before being thrown in against the Robins. However, he scored regularly in Holland last season, including three goals in three games in the Dutch Cup.

Rowett said: "You've got to look and ask 'if he was fully fit, what would he give us?'

"And I think in one or two little bits in there he showed what he could do, and one or two other bits he'd need to work on.

"He's a big boy and he's in pretty good shape – there's not too much fat on him.

"He's quite mobile, although if you saw what we did yesterday, a tough running session, you'll realise why he wasn't quite as mobile as he might have been.

"You have to judge that sometimes."

The other two trialists to feature against Ilkeston were Louis Cutajar – a former Norwich City left-back who has played for Malta Under-21s – and Joe Anyon, a 27-year-old goalkeeper who was released by Shrewsbury Town this summer, and who played more than 100 games for Port Vale earlier in his career.

Anyon did not have much to do, but Cutajar, 21, impressed in his 45-minute cameo.

"Thomas definitely will be in on Saturday, I don't know about the others at this point," said Rowett.

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